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Sophia's - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
413 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Sophia’s is a sexy and modern take on a classic Italian-American supper club. The 3,700 square-foot restaurant marries family recipes with contemporary flair to serve up familiar Italian dishes and libations in a stylish and sophisticated space. The sleek high-energy atmosphere completes the dining and social experience to allow for the perfect ambiance. Sophia’s is open for dinner Monday through Sunday, and features an intimate cocktail lounge atmosphere and late night bites Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday: 5pm - Close Thursday - Saturday: 5pm - Late Sunday: 5pm - 10pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 580-9990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Sparacino

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate to grand, Sophia’s provides the perfect setting to host your next event. Whether it’s a small soiree or extravagant bash, the space at Sophia’s can be reserved privately or semi-privately to accommodate corporate events, elegant dinner parties or lavish cocktail receptions. Offering luxe décor, a full bar and seating for up to 115, Sophia’s is the ideal destination for your upcoming affair.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Pecan

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 413 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. l

    laurelp

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant is closed for renovation. Not sure why open table is accepting reservations but quite a disappointment since it was a special occasion
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and sad that it is remodeling in the short-term.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing authentic Italian enough said ❤️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good location Nice ambiance Small portions for the price Salmon was very salty Very good service Kinda loud but good music
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Music too loud
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Music was a little too loud / didn’t match the atmosphere of the restaurant. Food & service was excellent
  7. JC

    JanaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there to celebrate my Birthday and the experience was great! Food was exceptional and excellent service.
  8. MD

    MDFoodie

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space in the basement of a building with dark mood lighting, great food and drinks!
  9. SM

    SheilaM

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little spot! Was quiet, food was excellent and service was top notch! Would come back!
  10. LD

    LynetteD

    Austin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Service was excellent. Everyone enjoyed what they ate. The butter cake at the end was the perfect finish.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Terrible terrible service
  12. KB

    KristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophia's is sophisticated and unique. The atmosphere is edgier than any other Italian restaurant, and the food is authentic with a little bit of a flair. I highly recommend the Carbonara with the amazing eggyolk on it!
  13. BR

    BobR

    Austin

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Great location for a date. Timing of courses was off which caused everything to come out at the same time. I will definitely go back as the dishes were delicious.
  14. m

    marvin

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was about the best I’ve had in Austin particularly the pasta. Excellent and responsive service.
  15. Z

    Zelynv

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Great ambience. Food was ok. Prices are ridiculous. Music is way too loud.
  16. E

    Elizabeth

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time celebrating my husband’s birthday! Loved the cocktails and pasta.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The space has a very chic, relaxed vibe. It is a walk-down, below street level. Creative and well made specialty cocktails provided a great start to the evening. Service was excellent, save for a delay in the delivery of the main courses. Food was creative and tasteful. Moreover, the wine list was carefully selected with some superb choices available, including some hard to find Sicilian wine that paired perfectly with our meal. Overall, an outstanding dining experience.
  18. TK

    TaylorK

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We came here for date night and we’re excited to finally try this place! The cucumber mint cocktails were AMAZING - just so refreshing, as well as the Tuscany Chianti which we highly recommend. We then ordered the bread ($7) which included 3 rolls of bread and 2 butters. Honestly, it just seemed like regular grocery store bread and wasn’t even warm. I think we would’ve been a little more satisfied if the bread was warm as it should be (the butter didn’t melt on the bread). Also seemed weird to be paying that much when it’s given for free at other places. We then ordered the pasta alla Sophia (amazing flavor) and orecchiette tartufate (great truffle flavor), however the pasta was HARD... not el dente, more like a little undercooked. Again, the flavor was on point but if the pasta was cooked well it would’ve made the dishes a 4/5! The ambience is nice here - dimly lit, dungeon feel but in a cool way, and romantic with little candle lights everywhere! However, we were there for about 1 1/2 hours and the waiter only came to check up on us at the very end of the meal. I’ve heard that the service is not yet up to par and this is very true. We wanted to order more drinks but she never showed up until we were ready for the bill. Overall, it was an okay place for a date. We would definitely come back for drinks at the bar since it’s a great location and great vibe, but probably not for dinner anytime soon.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food was great. I have never in my life been rushed so much to order and leave so they could turn tables . We were told to order appetizers, entree , and wine as soon as we sat down. We asked to order appetizer first with our wine and were told by the waiter that was not ok. We asked for the manager and he begrudgingly agreed to bring us our appetizer before we ordered our meals. My advice is to go to eat at the bar and take your time if eating at Sophia’s.
  20. LG

    LouG

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smoked tequila cocktail was outstanding!!!
  21. CW

    ChuckW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was everything I'd heard it was! The service was excellent! The staff went above and beyond what I expected. The place doesn't have any flaws
  22. MK

    MalloryK

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were delicious. The staff was super friendly. This would be a great place for a date night but also a great spot for a dinner with friends.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Austin
  24. P

    Patron

    Austin

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We’ve dined at Sophia’s several times as it is my wife’s favorite Italian restaurant in Austin. This experience was very different as the pasta dishes we have always ordered each visit tasted quite different this time and not in a good way. There just didn’t seem to be enough flavor in each dish and we left very disappointed. I asked our waiter if the chef had changed and he confirmed that he did and he said he would share our experience with them. Very disappointing.
  25. A

    Angelia

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This is probably the oddest (and worst) restaurant experience we've ever had. After a couple of drinks at the bar, the hostess seated us at our table. The music was loud, we couldn't hear each other, so we asked for the music to be turned down or else be re-seated elsewhere. We were told by the hostess that the volume couldn't be adjusted (odd). Not only were we not re-seated, but the music appeared to actually increase in volume. And this went on for a good 30 seconds before we decided to leave. No one tried to stop us or ask us what the problem was. I can't imagine we'd get service this poor at a high-end restaurant.
  26. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was in town visiting Austin with a girlfriend of mine and we chose Sophia's for our Saturday night dinner based on the yelp reviews and picture. It did not disappoint! Dinner was delicious, we had the meatball appetizer and it was a knock-out. I also indulged in the Pasta Alla Sophia and it was incredibly tasty and the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente. The ambiance is beautiful, we loved the velvet seating and dark wood decor. I would definitely recommend and hope to return in the future!
  27. AN

    ANnieB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had an awesome time at Sophia’s, delicious food, great cocktails and desserts. The only drawback would be the light situation, it’s quite low and it can make the menu hard to read
  28. TG

    TylerG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and excellent food. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and was able to help each guest choose their food and drinks. Fantastic ambiance and will definitely be back.
  29. D

    Delicious

    Houston

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We expected a nice Italian dinner. Maybe this is Austin, and we should have expected the unexpected. And actually, until we poured the au jus on, the Amish Chicken (right, in an Italian restaurant) was crisp and tasty. But the bolognese sauce was not so authentic tasting. And the music - when did loud, techno music become appropriate for an Italian restaurant, even an Austin version? But our waitress was nice, so kudos for that. I’d say a big no to Sophia’s. Nice photo of Ms. Loren.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food quality has declined. Management absent as usual. I’ve had the grilled octopus several times before, and the biggest issue this time was the portion size was half of normal but the price did not change. The beef filet is back on the menu. The prep was quite nice, temperature was on point but the taste and overall quality of beef was sub par which is disappointing for a $44 steak. Bar tried to charge me $7 for a big ice cube in my barrel aged negroni. List price was $13 but bill price was $20. Feedback was the big ice cube included an extra 1oz pour. I asked the bartender for a big ice cube right before she poured the drink, so clearly that was bs. I got it removed from the bill, but despite asking to speak to a manager the manager had no interest in coming to speak to me. Just like last time I had a service issue at Sophia’s. Fail.
  31. SB

    StevieB

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice date nite Italian Great food Great service
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience with great service and outstanding cuisine. I highly recommend to everyone who is wanting a memorable night!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Place was empty on a Thursday night, it was weird.
  34. HB

    HannahB

    Austin

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Somewhat weird experience for us as we are frequent customers at Sophia’s. It was emptier than usual but they were blasting music so loud that we had to ask them to turn it down. They recently got a new chef and one of the meals we got came out way undercooked for medium well, which is what we ordered.
  35. AW

    AmandaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall a very good experience. We thought it very odd that the server was instructed to give us instructions on how to order, per the chef. In other words, he wanted everything ordered at once. I do feel this place was a little pricey for the food offered.
  36. T

    Ttjene

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there with a bunch of couples! These couples were from Austin and never been there and I am from San Antonio! We had an excellent food great conversation the place was a lively and seductive! Try the lobster and shrimp Fisili Pasta! Great cocktails! Had Fun
  37. BL

    BrandiL

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    This restaurant is all about the ambiance. Beautiful interior. My food was not good but my date's was. Service at the bar was not great but our waiter was pretty good. It should be more upscale because it has such a romantic atmosphere.
  38. RS

    RobS

    Austin

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, beautiful, intimate space downstairs with a lovely bar. Service was excellent. Menu changed with a new executive chef from small plate driven to more traditional. Was disappointed that the octopus was no longer available, but the entrees were very good. Will return!
  39. G

    Glopez30

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophia’s has a supperclub look and feel. We had a pasta dish and the salmon—both were delicious! The old fashioned was a top notch cocktail. I loved the decor and the music. While we were visiting Austin for the first time, this was one of the places we’d definitely go back to. Well done!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was not good. My food was not good and the waiter never got back to our table. Other dishes at the table were fine will not recommend

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Sophia's - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pecan

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday: 5pm - Close Thursday - Saturday: 5pm - Late Sunday: 5pm - 10pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Sparacino

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 580-9990

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate to grand, Sophia’s provides the perfect setting to host your next event. Whether it’s a small soiree or extravagant bash, the space at Sophia’s can be reserved privately or semi-privately to accommodate corporate events, elegant dinner parties or lavish cocktail receptions. Offering luxe décor, a full bar and seating for up to 115, Sophia’s is the ideal destination for your upcoming affair.

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